Nikon D5600 vs Pentax K-3 II Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Amateur DSLR cameras.

D5600 vs K-3 II - Side by side

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Nikon D5600 vs Pentax K-3 II Specs

D5600

  • Introduced in November 2016
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C (DX)
  • 24 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta mirror)
  • 81.00mm (3.2") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • WiFi built-in
  • 124.0 x 97 x 70mm³ (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8")
  • 465g (15.0 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D5600

K-3 II

  • Introduced in April 2015
  • Amateur DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 23 megapixel
  • 8 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 81.00mm (3.2") Monitor
  • Lens mount KAF2
  • No WiFi
  • 131.5 x 102.5 x 77.5mm³ (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.1")
  • 785g (25.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for K-3 II

D5600 vs K-3 II Sensors

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This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: D5600 an K-3 II sensor comparison

D5600 vs K-3 II: Viewfinder

D5600 has an optical viewfinder with penta mirror. It has magnification of 0.54x and covers 95% of view field.

The K-3 II has an optical viewfinder with a penta prism. It's magnification is 0.59x covering 100% of view field.

Viewfinder magnifications of compared cameras. The black area shows a magnification of 1x, relative to native size; in red is a magnification of 0.85x.

D5600 (0.54x)

K-3 II (0.59x)

Simulated viewfinder of the D5600Simulated viewfinder of the K-3 II

Better choice: Pentax K-3 II

Nikon D5600 VS Pentax K-3 II Other Specs Comparison

Why is Nikon D5600 a better choice

D5600

K-3 II

Wider resolution (5, megapixel)24.2023.35
Auto Focus points (4)3927
Larger lens selection (3)20040
Built-in flash (2)
Articulated monitor (2)
Touch screen (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)970720
Weighs less (2)465g
(15.0 oz.)
785g
(25.3 oz.)
More portable (2)842cm³
(53 cu.in.)
1045cm³
(66 cu.in.)
WiFi (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the D5600 are the higher resolution, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the larger selection of lenses. We also like the built-in flash, the articulated display and the rather comfortable touch screen. A recommendation of the D5600 is made easy by that the battery has more stamina, the lower weight than the K-3 II and the more compact size. Finally, there's the the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

The D5600 scores 27 points.

Otherwise why to choose Pentax K-3 II

D5600

K-3 II

Higher speed (4, frames/second)58
Better sensibility (4)100 - 25600 ISO100 - 51200 ISO
Better viewfinder (4)Penta mirrorPenta prism
Image stabilizer (3)
USB 3.0 (2)
GPS (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the K-3 II are that the camera is faster, the larger sensitivity and the better viewfinder. We also like the optical image stabilizer, the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video and the built-in GPS.

Yields 19 points for the K-3 II.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

D5600

K-3 II

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor cleaning
Sensor resolution (MP)1.041.04
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone
Nikon D5600 VS Pentax K-3 II Dimensions

Look at front view of the D5600 and K-3 II

D5600 und K-3 II, front viewD5600 und K-3 II, front view

Top view of cameras

D5600 und K-3 II, view from aboveD5600 und K-3 II, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Nikon D5600

Pentax K-3 II

27
19

We recommend Nikon D5600 as better choice.

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